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Hello and welcome to my page! I'm Shannon Drake, though you may also know me as Heather Graham. Let me tell you a little bit about me...
I was born somewhere in Europe and kidnapped by gypsies when I was a small child. I went on to join the Romanian circus as a trapeze artist and lion tamer. When the circus came to South Florida, I stayed, discovering that I preferred to be a shark and gator trainer.
I am the child of Scottish and Irish immigrants who met and married in Chicago, and moved to South Florida, where I spent my life. (I have, at least, been to the Russian circus in Moscow, where I wished I was one of the incredibly talented and coordinated trapeze artists.) I majored in Theatre Arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theatre back-up vocals and bartending, I stayed home after the birth of my third child and began to write. I have now written over 150 novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, horror, and Christmas family fare.
I love to travel and anything that has to do with the water, and am a certified scuba diver. I also love ballroom dancing. Each year I host the Vampire Ball and Dinner theatre at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and since 2006 I have hosted annually the Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf region. I am proudly the founder of The Slush Pile Players, presenting something that's almost like entertainment for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, my greatest love in life remains my family, but I also believe my career has been an incredible gift, and I am grateful every day to be doing something that I love so very much for a living.
Gone with the Wind